November 2015 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes

REGULAR MEETING
November 9th, 2015

The Bessemer City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chamber of City Hall.

Members Present
Mayor Becky Smith, Council Members: Dan Boling, Kay McCathen, Joe Will, Howard Jones, Alfred Carpenter, and Donnie Griffin. City Manager, James Inman, and Attorney, David Smith, were also present.

Call to Order, Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance
Mayor Smith called the meeting to order and invited all veterans to stand to be recognized. City Council and all present applauded the veterans for their dedication and sacrifice to their country. Council Member Donnie Griffin led in prayer. Mayor Smith asked all veterans present to lead the pledge of allegiance.

Approval of the November Agenda
By motion of Alfred Carpenter and unanimous vote, the November Agenda was approved.

Special Presentations
Student Appreciation- Students from Bessemer City High School, Bessemer City Middle School, Bessemer City Central Elementary School, and Bessemer City Primary Schools were recognized by their principals/counselors and City Council as part of the Student Appreciation Program.

Mrs. Andrea Myer, Assistant Principal of Bessemer City High School, and Mayor Smith, presented certificates to Keshaun Jameson, Kristin Hill, Kennedy Green, and Seven James.

Dr. Rebecca Wilson, Principal of Bessemer City Middle School, and Mayor Smith, presented certificates to Maria Hodge and Johntay Jermain.

Mrs. Beth Germain, Principal of Bessemer City Central Elementary and Mayor Smith presented certificates to Maddison Smith and Savannah Casey.

Mrs. Kristi Gornto, Prinipal of Bessemer City Primary, and Mayor Smith presented certificates to Dax Morhead, Colton Martin, and Cirilo Rodriguez-Estrada.

Request to Speak/Opportunity for Public Comment
Mayor Smith opened the floor for public comment. There was none.

Consent Agenda
The following items for the Consent Agenda were unanimously approved by motion of Howard Jones:

a. Approval of Minutes: Regular Meeting Minutes of October 12th, 2015 and Work Session Meeting Minutes of October 27th, 2015.
b. Resolution: Verification from Municipality Resolution for the Bessemer City Fire Department. A copy of this resolution is on file at City Hall.
c. Resolution: Property Surplus. A copy of this resolution is on file at City Hall.
Veterans Day Proclamation
Mayor Smith read aloud a resolution for Veterans Day 2015. By motion of Dan Boling and unanimous vote, the proclamation was adopted. A copy of this proclamation is on file at City Hall.

Demolition Ordinance- 111 South Inman Avenue
David Taylor, Deputy Code Enforcement Officer, explained to Council the conditions of the property located at 111 South Inman Avenue. Mr. Taylor explained the history of the property and stated a hearing for the property was conducted last year. The property owner indicated to Mr. Taylor that they wished to donated the property to the City; however, this never came to fruition. The property has been vacant for over four years.

By motion of Joe Will and unanimous vote, the demolition ordinance was adopted. A copy of the demolition ordinance is on file at City Hall.

Demolition Ordinance- 1008 North 12th Street
David Taylor, Deputy Code Enforcement Officer, explained to Council the conditions of the property located at 1008 North 12th Street. There was a hearing for this property conducted last year. The property was originally ordered to be repaired; however, no work has been completed.

By motion of Alfred Carpenter and unanimous vote, the demolition ordinance was adopted. A copy of the demolition ordinance is on file at City Hall.

Capital Project Ordinance Amendments
City Manager, James Inman, explained the amendments are for changing the format and none of the project amounts. The capital projects include the Community Center Renovation Project, Sewer System Improvement Project, and the Downtown Infill Shell Project.

By motion of Kay McCathen and unanimous vote, the amendments were approved.

The capital project ordinances were amended as follows:

BESSEMER CITY COMMUNITY CENTER

BE IT ORDAINED by the governing body of the City of Bessemer City that the following amendments for the Bessemer City Community Center design/engineering/remodel Project are hereby amended as follows:
Section 1. To amend the Capital Project Ordinances as follows:
Account Number Increase Decrease
$
46.00.3984.200 Kiser Fund 353,968
46.00.3984.300 Transfer from Water/Sewer F.B. 178,766
46.00.3984.400 Transfer from Gas F. B. 178,766
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Total 711,500

Account Number Increase Decrease
$
14.99.9810.998 Transfer to Community Center 353,968
61.91.9810.998 Transfer to Community Center 178,766
64.94.9810.998 Transfer to Community Center 178,766
________________________________________________________________________
Total 711,500

Section 2. Copies of this amendment shall be furnished with the Clerk to the Governing Board, the Budget Officer, and the Finance Officer for their direction.

SEWER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

BE IT ORDAINED by the governing body of the City of Bessemer City that the following amendments for the Sewer System Improvement Project are hereby amended as follows:

Section 1. To amend the Capital Project Ordinances as follows:

Account Number Increase Decrease
$
47.91.3984.982 Transfer from Water/Sewer F.B. 31,300
________________________________________________________________________
Total 31,300

Account Number Increase Decrease
$
61.91.9870.982 Transfer to Sewer Improvement Fund 31,300
________________________________________________________________________
Total 31,300

Section 2. Copies of this amendment shall be furnished with the Clerk to the Governing Board, the Budget Officer, and the Finance Officer for their direction.

BESSEMER CITY DOWNTOWN SHELL INFILL BUIDLING PROJECT

BE IT ORDAINED by the governing body of the City of Bessemer City that the following amendments for the Bessemer City Downtown Shell Building Infill Project are hereby amended as follows:

Section 1. To amend the Capital Project Ordinances as follows:

Account Number Increase Decrease
$
49.00.3984.981 Transfer From General Fund 37,750
49.00.3984.982 Transfer from CDBG 165,000
49.00.3984.985 Transfer from Water/Sewer 37,750
49.00.3984.988 Transfer From Gas 37,750
________________________________________________________________________
Total 278,250

Account Number Increase Decrease
$
10.99.9840.981 Transfer to Downtown Shell Bldg 37,750
23.99.9840.981 Transfer to Downtown Shell Bldg 165,000
61.99.9810.985 Transfer to Downtown Shell Bldg 37,750
64.99.9840.989 Transfer to Downtown Shell Bldg 37,750
________________________________________________________________________
Total 278,250

Section 2. Copies of this amendment shall be furnished with the Clerk to the Governing Board, the Budget Officer, and the Finance Officer for their direction.

Budget Amendments
City Manager, James Inman, explained that these budget amendments are for a possible property purchase ($25,000 transfer to capital outlay), COPS grant ($125,000), and Rolling Stock Replacement Plan.

By motion of Donnie Griffin and unanimous vote, the budget amendments were approved.

The budget ordinance was amended as follows:

BUDGET AMENDMENT

BE IT ORDAINED by the governing body of the City of Bessemer City that the following amendment for the purpose of purchase of property made to the annual budget ordinance for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 as follows:

Section 1. To amend the General Fund appropriations as follows:

Account Number Increase Decrease
$
10.00.3991.991 Fund Balance Appropriated 25,000

Account Number Increase Decrease
$
10.00.4120.500 Capital Outlay (25,000)

Section 2. Copies of this amendment shall be furnished with the Clerk to the Governing Board, the Budget Officer, and the Finance Officer for their direction.

BUDGET AMENDMENT

BE IT ORDAINED by the governing body of the City of Bessemer City that the following amendment for the purpose of hiring police officer made to the annual budget ordinance for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 as follows:

Section 1. To amend the General Fund appropriations as follows:

Account Number Increase Decrease
$
10.00.3991.991 Fund Balance Appropriated 8,209
10.10.3434.380 PD-Grant (COPS) 24,604
________________________________________________________________________
Total 32,813

Account Number Increase Decrease
$
10.10.4310.121 Salary 23,254
10.10.4310.181 FICA/Medicare 1,640
10.10.4310.183 Health &Life 5,900
10.10.4310.182 Retirement 1,590
10.10.4310.186 Workers Comp 306
10.00.4310.185 Unemployment Insurance 123
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Total 32,813

Section 2. Copies of this amendment shall be furnished with the Clerk to the Governing Board, the Budget Officer, and the Finance Officer for their direction.

BUDGET AMENDMENT

BE IT ORDAINED by the governing body of the City of Bessemer City that the following amendment for the purpose of purchasing a mowing tractor and various vehicles, as previously approved by council, made to the annual budget ordinance for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 as follows:

Section 1. To amend the General Fund and Water/Sewer Fund appropriations as follows:

Account Number Increase Decrease
$
10.00.3912.910 BB&T Loan Proceeds 100,709
61.91.3912.910 BB&T Loan Proceeds 82,291

Account Number Increase Decrease
$
10.20.4120.500 2016 Ford Pickup 37,979
10.10.4340-500 2016 Ford Pickup 36,784
10.20.4510.500 Ford Explorer 25,946
61.91.7130.550 John Deere Mowing Tractor 82,291

Section 2. Copies of this amendment shall be furnished with the Clerk to the Governing Board, the Budget Officer, and the Finance Officer for their direction.

City Manager’s Report
Fire Department Addition
City Manager, James Inman, explained the need for space at the Bessemer City Fire Department. Mr. Inman, along with Mr. Jamie Ramsey, Fire Chief, explained the need for additional space in the coming years. Mr. Inman explained that ideally, the fire department will need a new facility long term, but for now, additional space is needed at the existing site.

Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Inman proposed a plan to add an additional bay to the station. Mr. Inman explained that if a new fire station is eventually built, the existing fire station could be used for storage and space for public works.

The lowest bid for the project came in at $149,205 for the fire department addition from Lail Builders, Inc. If approved, the project can start in the coming weeks.

By motion of Dan Boling and unanimous vote, the project and bid from Lail Buildings, Inc. in the amount of $149,205 was approved.

Community Center Project
Mr. Inman explained to Council that the project is on schedule.

Streetscape Project
Mr. Inman explained to Council that the Streetscape project is behind due to wet weather but will move forward soon.

Council General Discussion
Mayor Smith expressed her congratulations to all Council Members for their win in the election. All Council Members, including the Mayor, were reelected.

Mr. Dan Boling wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving and stated that the town was looking good.

Mrs. Kay McCathen had a question regarding how to educate the public about code and zoning requirements, particularly adding structure to a property. Mr. Inman explained that the City will take steps to better educate citizens on the process. Information will be included in the next billing newsletter.

Mr. Donnie Griffin expressed that citizens like the new newsletter. Mr. Griffin also thanked all citizens for voting.

Closed Session as Permitted under N.C.G.S.§143-318.11(a)- Personnel Matter and Property Acquisition
By motion of Donnie Griffin and unanimous vote, the meeting went into Closed Session at 7:45PM.

By motion of Howard Jones and unanimous vote, City Council came out of Closed Session at 8:02PM

Adjourn
Being no further business to come before the board, by motion of Howard Jones and unanimous vote, the meeting adjourned at 8:05PM.

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